Epidemiologist reveals circular reasoning used to support the validity of COVID-19 test kits

The following article was written on March 26, 2020, in the early days of worldwide lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus. 

The article is a transcript of a conversation between Jason Hommel and an unnamed epidemiologist who wished to address Hommel’s claim that the COVID-19 test kits do not work. In this conversation, Hommel asks the epidemiologist an important question: how can one distinguish a false positive result from that of an asymptomatic patient? 

Editor’s Note: In this article, Hommel touches on basic issues on COVID-19 testing, which up to now remains unaddressed [see RT-PCR tests are scientifically meaningless and How accurate are COVID-19 tests?]. If only lockdowns were not based on rising infection cases, this article would have been funny. 

But millions have already lost their jobs, and even more are living in fear. Many countries remain clueless on their way out of this pandemic. It is the responsibility of scientists, particularly those in the WHO to prove that tests kits work, and that RT-PCR tests are reliable. Without this due diligence, we shouldn’t be readily submitting our economies and societies into destruction. 

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